Lack of volunteer firefighters in South Carolina reaching critical levels

by Caroline Balchunas   Firefighter are a vital part of every community, but the number of volunteer firefighters is on the decline nationwide. In South Carolina, volunteer firefighters have decreased between 15 and 20-percent over the last 15 years, according to statistics from state fire officials. But their role is still crucial, especially for rural […]

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Northwest Indiana volunteer fire departments experience manpower shortage

By Chas Reilly Times Correspondent Local volunteer fire departments are putting out their own calls for assistance as more personnel is needed to help respond to burning buildings, vehicle crashes and other emergencies in their communities. Northwest Indiana fire officials say it’s not a trend specific to this area. Departments from across the country are […]

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Vital service of volunteer fire companies is at risk

What does the future hold for firefighting in rural American communities?   An institution that has been the heart and soul of smaller communities on Delmarva is increasingly facing challenges that threaten its very existence. That institution is the volunteer fire company. The volunteer fire company is entrenched in rural Delmarva life, encompassing not only protection […]

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NC Fire Dept. Faces 5-Alarm Staffing Problem

J.D. WALKER ON JUL 10, 2016 SOURCE: THE COURIER-TRIBUNE, ASHEBORO, N.C. July 10–ASHEBORO — The future is weighing heavily on the volunteer fire department. The need is as critical as ever — more so now that today’s firefighter is more than a person with a helmet and a fire hose. Modern day firefighters go through […]

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Big City Thinking for Small Town USA

I have spent the last eleven years on a small combination department consisting of fourteen full time firefighters and ten volunteers. We seem to run into the same problems firefighters across the nation run into every day. We fight fires with less resources but are expected to more than what we are capable of doing. […]

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